Why Addiction Patients Treated With Suboxone are Often More Successful Than Those Who Simply Detox

Drug addiction is sadly nothing new, but the opioid crisis has brought it back into the spotlight. Addiction and opioid use disorder can take a huge toll on the addict and everyone in their world, but there is help and hope. For example, Suboxone® has shown to give much better outcomes to opioid users who are treated with it, compared with those who only detox.

With three offices in Baytown and one in La Porte, Texas, Jacinto Medical Group offers a full and varied list of medical services, including offering Suboxone treatment for patients who are up against opioid abuse. Suboxone isn’t a cure-all, which is why we encourage you to talk to us openly and honestly and let us get you all the help you need. 

Our skilled and compassionate team takes care of the medical side of things, while encouraging and supporting you to get into counseling, a 12-step program and in making the life changes you need to turn your life around. 

The dangers of opioids

The benefits of opioids are also what make them so dangerous. If you’re in pain and need relief after an accident or surgery, you may be prescribed opioids, which are very effective pain relievers. The opioids are either made from the poppy plant or made synthetically in a lab. Either way, the drug blocks pain signals to your brain and creates a more pleasurable feeling. 

People can easily overdose on opioids, and the good feelings and sensations can just as easily lead to an addiction to them. It becomes a matter of avoiding relapsing into pain, and instead trying to maintain the euphoria. 

Some patients get into trouble when they don’t stick to the prescribed usage of their opioids. At Jacinto Medical Group, we stay on top of it and work with you as best we can. 

Success with Suboxone

Around 2 million people in the United States have issues with prescription opioids, and the number of deaths from overdosing doubled from 2010 to 2016. That means about 130 people die from an opiod addiction every day. 

In addition to getting the right support from a therapist, drug counselor, 12-step program, and making better lifestyle changes, detox is one of the main treatments. But when detox is paired with an extended Suboxone treatment, addicts have significantly better results. 

Suboxone is a controlled substance and Schedule 3 prescription drug, which means it can also be addicting. It’s made up of buprenorphine (which helps treat heroin addictions) and naloxone (which actually helps patients from misusing the Suboxone). It comes in four strengths and is made into an oral film that dissolves in your mouth, either under your tongue or between your gum and cheek. 

It does have some potential side effects, though they are minor compared with the addiction, and most would argue they outweigh the benefits. 

People going through detox, counseling and Suboxone treatment for 12 weeks were less likely to use opiods, take other drugs or leave the treatment program, compared with those on a short-term detox. 

Whenever you stop using drugs, the withdrawal symptoms can be intense, and when you come off opioids, you may have aches, cramps and an elevated heart rate. Suboxone helps with both the withdrawal and the desire to keep using opioids. 

If you’re struggling with opioids or any addiction, let us come up with an individual treatment plan that includes Suboxone. We’re here to help. Call us at the office nearest you as soon as you can.  

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